Chase Josey new king of Red Bull Double Pipe
The Aspen Times
Chase Josey is the new king of the Red Bull Double Pipe.
Josey, the 19-year-old snowboarder from Hailey, Idaho, elevated his game to the top of the podium at the 2015 competition at Buttermilk on Thursday.
After finishing second in the inaugural Red Bull Double Pipe last year, Josey won the event this year on the first run of Thursday’s eight-rider finals.
“This event was so much fun; it felt like I was just riding with my friends,” Josey said. “Everyone was cheering and clapping and smiling and joking. The course design is one-of-a-kind, and it’s the most innovative feature I’ve ever ridden.”
He said the combination of two halfpipes along with slopestyle elements, including a step-up jump, produced creative runs.
“There’s tons of room for creative, unique technical lines and tricks, and that’s what I tried to do today. I’m so happy it paid off,” he said.
Norwegian Stale Sandbech, a popular Aspen rider with his extensive Winter X Games history, jumped all the way up to second place in Thursday’s finals.
Australian Scotty James executed a Cab double cork 1080 over the gap to secure his third-place spot.
“The course design made this contest really fun to watch,” judge Connor Manning said. “All the guys out there were really killing it on this unique feature. The people building the feature (Snow Park Technologies) get to have so much creativity, almost as much as the riders themselves.”
Gabe Ferguson of Bend, Oregon, finished fourth.
Breckenridge’s Benjo Farrow was fifth.
For the record, according to Red Bull, Josey’s winning run:
a Cab 900 off the jump,
a Michalchuk over the channel,
a frontside double cork 1080,
a switch transfer over the 22 spine,
a switch alley-oop backside rodeo 720,
a backside 360 transfer over the 18 spine,
a crippler over the wall ride,
and a frontside 720 at the bottom of the feature over the volcano.
The competition will be shown on NBC television as part of the Red Bull Signature Series at 11 a.m. Aspen time Saturday.
The three days of competition at the Red Bull Double Pipe in Aspen will wrap up Friday with a doubles and best trick competition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buttermilk.
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American riders invited to compete in X Games from Jan. 29-31, who have continuously tested negative while in mandatory quarantine in Austria, are expected to compete at the event later this month in Aspen.